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Auditions for the Spring Production!

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.

 

Read this informational sheet on how to sign up for auditions.

The link to submit your audition, an electronic copy of the script and monologue choices will be emailed to you after you have filled out the Microsoft forms audition form. A permission form will also be sent to your parent/guardian. Your audition submission will NOT be accepted until I receive notification from a parent allowing for you to continue with the process.

Link to the audition form will only be live through February 19. No auditions submissions after that date will be considered.

 

Due to the unique nature of the school year, this play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams! Ms. Rowley will once again musically direct the show with Eia Waltzer as choreographer. Our trusty Gustavo will be working with me on all the video recording elements. You will need to work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on your character with me, provide a costume (with criteria provided by me) and then work with the filming schedule with Gustavo and me to record your part.

 

The production will be streamed through showtix4u.com – the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online! We will update our site as soon as tickets are available.

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at smriley@seattleschools.org

 

Theatre class will stage the virtual play Trifles

Greater Tuna Highlight Reel

 

If you did not get a chance to see the Greater Tuna show or just want to relieve the wonderful backgrounds, fun costumes and great acting, check out this 5 minute highlight reel of the show:

(Cast members - save a copy of this reel for your portfolio)

https://youtu.be/wb67qx-ccmA

Greater Tuna cast Announced

Congratulations to the recently announced cast of Greater Tuna (in no particular order):

 

Hadley Mollman, Elijah Graham, Bridget Donnelly, Maisy Clunies Ross, Matthew Wilbur, Milo Palmer, Lydia Hayes, Nathalie Stanley, Will Shepard, Lydia Van Kley, Maggie Stowell, Ella Papineau, Izzy Rampersad, Vee Ashmun, Maylie Gardner, and Elsa Wirth.

 

The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna, set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

 

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna 

Set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The production will stream through showtix4u.com; the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online!

Meet the Director - Theater

Shawn M. Riley (Director of Theatre) is in his seventh year at Ballard High School, coming to Seattle after a long successful stint at Capital High School in Olympia, WA.  

A graduate of Minot State University (Major: Bs.Ed.in English and Communication Arts, Minor: Humanities), he also studied Art History and Classical Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, finally receiving his MFA in Directing and Acting from The University of Portland. While at UP, Mr. Riley was nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and was twice named one of the top 15 actors in the nation by the American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This achievement coupled with his achievements in the music department led to the creation of “The Shawn M. Riley Award” for outstanding contribution to Theatre and Music. This award is given annually to a graduating senior. 

 

Mr. Riley has directed and designed at the high school, university, and community levels with some of his favorite projects being Lonely Planet, The Love of The Nightingale, Les Miserables, Little Women: The Musical, Cabaret, Songs for A New World, A New Brain, and Batboy. Graduates of Mr. Riley’s have gone onto major acting and performance schools in the country which have led them to Broadway, film, and television. He could not be more proud of their successes. 

 

With over 70 shows under his belt, multiple 5th Avenue Musical Theatre nominations (including four Best Musical and Best Director nods), invitations to participate in the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland (2007 and 2013), Mr. Riley is a proud performer and instructor who can be heard touting his students’ accomplishments by saying, “I don’t do high school theatre. I do theatre with high school students!”

Mr. Shawn M. Riley
Director of Theatre
Ballard High School
smriley@seattlepublicschools.org
206-252-1036

 
 

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